The Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill provide members of the U.S. Armed Forces with up to 36 months of education benefits to help pay for college.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Under the Yellow Ribbon program, participating colleges agree to provide part of the difference between a servicemember’s Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the college’s actual tuition and fees. The Veterans Administration (VA) matches the college’s contribution.
U.S. Armed Forces Tuition Assistance
Tuition Assistance pays for tuition and required fees for active-duty enlisted servicemembers to takes classes at colleges and universities during their off-duty time. Tuition Assistance may sometimes be combined with other GI Bill benefits.
Military Educational Assistance Programs
Military educational assistance programs include REAP, VEAP and DEA. They provide up to 36 months of educational benefits to members of the Reserves and National Guard, up to 36 months of educational benefits to veterans and up to 45 months of educational benefits to dependents of veterans who died or were totally and permanently disabled while on active duty or because of a service-related condition.
College students who are interested in becoming a commissioned officer of the U.S. Armed Forces can obtain scholarships through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) to help them pay for school. They take military science courses in addition to the courses required by their academic major, drill throughout the academic year and train full-time during the summer.